Take elements of mythology, literature, and contemporary & classic art, and blend with a hefty and imaginative dose of the macabre, mucho makeup, and a few frilly touches. The fashionable result? A delicate balance between the beautiful and the beastly that is Japanese Goth. In a fun new book, Tokyo-based fashion writer Tiffany Godoy paints an intriguing overall picture of the scene, including:
Dolls from designers Mari Shimizu, Katan Amano, and Ryo Yoshida; performance groups such as Phantasmagoria, Kokushoku Sumire, and Moi dix Mois; art & photography from Yoh, Kira Imai, Mitsukazu Mihara, and Fuyuko Matsui; and, of course, fashion - with examples from Mukuro, Laforet Underground Collection, Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, and h.Naoto.
JAPANESE GOTH by Tiffany Godoy and Ivan Vartanian, Universe, 2009 is available for pre-order at Amazon.com (scheduled release date: April 28, 2009)
- Lesley Scott
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